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Ardenne grabs JCDC Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence 2015

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 3:09 PMShereita Grizzle

Just like they did in 2010, The Ardenne High School took home the prestigious Marcus Garvey Awards for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The Kingston-based school copped the top honour ahead of six other nominees for 2015 and was presented with their award at the Annual Excellence Awards for the Performing Arts ceremony on Friday at the Institute of Jamaica, downtown, Kingston.

During the ceremony, the top schools that entered this year's competition, were also presented with certificates of recognition. There were also performances from the other schools that made this year's nomination list. Organisers of this year's competition revealed that it was a competitive year and that all the participating schools did particularly well. They encouraged the schools that did not come out on top, to try their hand at it again next year, as entries for the 2016 edition of the competition are now open.

Entry forms, rules and other details surrounding the competition is available online at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) website at, at the JCDC head office located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, and all JCDC parish offices islandwide. Applications will remain open until November 27.

The Marcus Garvey Award, instituted by the JCDC in 1994, is one of the most celebrated awards in the Festival of Performing Arts organised by the Commission. It is presented to a top awardee, determined by participation in at least three of the five areas of the National Festival of the Arts Competition and a tally of points based on medals and other awards.

The other contenders of the award included: Liberty Learning Centre, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, John Rollins Success Primary School, Mannings Performing Arts Society, Retreat Primary and Junior High School and Little London High School.

The National Performing Arts competition includes performance pieces from speech, drama, music, traditional folk forms, dance and deaf dance.